During a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that John Cena was called up too soon to the WWE main roster in 2002 and it almost got him fired.
Meltzer then noted how Stephanie McMahon was the one who saved Cena from getting fired and below is the story:
“John Cena worked OVW for a while which is where he really learned his craft. He was called up too soon, which everyone knew, and there’s political reasons why that happened, and it nearly cost him his career. If it wasn’t for Stephanie McMahon taking a liking to him after they’d just about decided to let him go, he could’ve been gone.
Imagine that. Imagine this business in the last 11 years with John Cena as the top guy and John being out of the picture. Obviously, they would’ve gone with Batista as the top guy, and Batista wouldn’t have been as good in that situation as John Cena, and he wasn’t as versatile as John Cena. He would’ve been okay, and it’s not like the business would’ve collapsed, but it would’ve been a lot worse off.”